Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Nantucket Island is located 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is part of the town of Nantucket, and Nantucket County, along with the smaller islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget. The island is a supreme tourist destination, particularly in summer - due, among many things, to its magnificent beaches, and its historical and cultural attractions.
The Nantucket Island - or, more specifically, the Nantucket Historic District - was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966 because it contains a record number of pre-Civil War structures. Indeed, the island hasn't changed much since the 17th century - with its charming cottages by the sea and old-fashioned street lamps.
Things to Do in Nantucket, Massachusetts
Nantucket was initially a whaling port. So, the harbour front is particularly alluring. It used to serve as a launching point for massive whaling ships. The ships would depart from the harbour for long treacherous journeys, sometimes never to return.... Today, it's a lovely spot with plenty of boats - one of the best docking facilities in the world.
There's much to do on the Island of Nantucket. Walk along the beautiful beaches, swim in Nantucket Sound or the great Atlantic Ocean, go for a beach picnic, rent a bike, windsurf, sail, surfcast for bluefish, or try your hand at deep-sea fishing, and so much more.
The boutique shops on the island are first rate, as are the museums and art galleries, the fresh seafood, live theatre, music, film, art, and more.
Explore all Nantucket Island has to offer with a guided tour - perhaps a walking tour - or rent a bike and create your own adventure!
Although Nantucket is most popular among tourists in the warmer months, winter in Nantucket is definitely worth experiencing. Come celebrate the yearly Christmas Stroll, which takes place the first week in December. The Noel celebration continues throughout the month; the island is exquisitely decorated in keeping with its typical old-fashioned flair, and great holiday shopping opportunities abound.
Accommodations, bed and breakfast, cottage rentals and hotels
When in Nantucket, stay at an historic bed and breakfast or treat yourself to a luxury hotel. For extended vacations, look for private cottage rentals anywhere on the island.